Total Nerd The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting  

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List Rules Try to include newer games for the list- old games are fine, but almost all of them can be beaten in one day.

Although gaming for hours on end can be fun, sometimes gamers just want to plop down and complete a game in one sitting. For this list we've compiled some of the best video games that you can beat in one play-through, ranging from space shooters and side-scrolling platformers to beat em ups and adventure games. We've tried to avoid adding games from older consoles, but it's hard to leave off classic like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man X.

More recent examples of amazing games you can beat in one day are Braid, Limbo, and Journey. These games prove that playing video games doesn't always need to be a 3 day gauntlet, but rather just an amazing experience no matter how long you're playing for. Vote for your favorite short video games that don't take long to beat, and fee free to add your own to this list if they're no already included! 
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Portal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Portal Valve Corporation, Microsoft Studios

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Super Mario Bros. 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Limbo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Limbo Microsoft Studios, Playdead

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Journey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Journey Sony Computer Entertainment

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Star Fox 64 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Star Fox 64 Nintendo

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+ - 97 52
Donkey Kong Country is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Left 4 Dead 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Left 4 Dead 2 Valve Corporation

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Sonic the Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Sonic the Hedgehog Electronic Arts, Sega, Tectoy

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Aspyr, Activision Blizzard, Crave Entertainment

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+ - 72 43
Mega Man X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Mega Man X Nintendo, Capcom, Majesco Entertainment

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Undertale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Undertale

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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Castlevania Nintendo, Konami

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+ - 67 42
Left 4 Dead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Left 4 Dead Valve Corporation

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Max Payne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Max Payne Gathering of Developers, Valve Corporation, Electronic Arts

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Devil May Cry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Devil May Cry Virgin Interactive, Capcom

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The Wolf Among Us is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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+ - 63 48
Castle Crashers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Castle Crashers Microsoft Studios, The Behemoth, Sony Computer Entertainment

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Gears of War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Gears of War Microsoft Studios

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Luigi's Mansion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Luigi's Mansion Nintendo

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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Sony Computer Entertainment America

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Super Punch-Out!! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Bastion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Bastion Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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South Park: The Stick of Truth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Shovel Knight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Braid is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Braid Microsoft Studios, Number None, Inc.

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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Aladdin

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Dragon Ball Z: Budokai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Infogrames Entertainment SA, Atari

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: T... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game Ubisoft, Universal Studios

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Heavy Rain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Heavy Rain Sony Computer Entertainment

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The Walking Dead: Survival Ins... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Sonic Generations is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alan Wake's American Nightmare Nordic Games GmbH, Remedy Entertainment, Microsoft Production Studios

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Trials HD is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Trials HD Ubisoft, Microsoft Studios

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Cave Story is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Cave Story Studio Pixel, Nippon Ichi Software, Indie game

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Spelunky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Spelunky Mossmouth, LLC, Indie game

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Guacamelee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Guacamelee

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+ - 14 32
Ape Escape is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Ape Escape Sony Computer Entertainment

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Dragon Ball Z: Sagas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Dragon Ball Z: Sagas Atari, Atari, Inc.

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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
The Witcher Cdp.pl, Atari, Atari

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+ - 10 35
Alien Homonid is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
Alien Homonid

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+ - 4 29
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Systems Nominal

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The Path is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Games You Can Beat In One Sitting
The Path TransGaming Inc., 1C Company, Tale of Tales